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Good coffee and grassy hills

Filed in Belgium, Blog by on April 4, 2017
by Robert B.

I arrived in Brussels on Sunday morning after a 13-hour flight. Who knew I’d be energized after sitting in a cramped seat and binge watching “Brooklyn 99”? But I’m going too fast, let me start with my flight.

My flight from the ever-busy Atlanta airport was quite exciting. I had the pleasure of sitting next to a U.S. Air Force colonel. While I was worried that my flight would be a bore of clouds and engine hum, my seat partner was quite the traveled man. He told me stories of Iraq, tours of Korea and the spots spots in Brussels to eat. I learned so much from sitting on the airplane that it made me want to travel more!

Long tunnels in the airport

Long tunnels in the airport

The dinner was full of cheddar cheese, cheese ravioli, salad, hummus and chilled veggies, and breakfast was Greek yogurt, a bagel and piping hot coffee. My breakfast was warm and inviting, like the scene I witnessed as we flew over the grassy knolls of Europe. I immediately noticed the great number of wind turbines and local farms. Europe was wonderfully beautiful.

First visit to the square

First visit to the square

I got off the plane, and was greeted two separate times by natives who offered gifts of Belgian chocolate. Before leaving the airport, I had several gift bags full of yummy deliciousness! The customs expert greeted me in English and even made a joke about my Mizzou T-shirt — apparently he is a KU fan. Pssh!

The street view from the Hotel La Madeleine

The street view from the Hotel La Madeleine

The whole vibe of Europe so far has been wonderfully inviting and overwhelmingly kind. Our visit will be spent at the Hotel La Madeleine. My roommates and fellow students all gathered together to recount our flight experiences, all similar, as we listened to the laughter and bustle of the quaint street below. Brussels is going to be a great time.

About the blogger

Robert B. is studying abroad on the Policies and Institutions of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium.

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